Pensive Young Woman Leaning on Her Elbow (c.1908) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pensive Young Woman Leaning on Her Elbow - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1908

Artwork Information

TitlePensive Young Woman Leaning on Her Elbow
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Pensive Young Woman Leaning on Her Elbow

The artwork “Pensive Young Woman Leaning on Her Elbow” is an oil on canvas portrait created by Pierre-Auguste Renoir around 1908. Reflecting the Impressionist art movement, this piece is characterized by its visible brushstrokes, light’s effect on surfaces, and sense of movement. Renoir’s mastery is showcased in this intimate genre painting which remains in a private collection.

The artwork exudes a warmth and sensuality that is typical of Renoir’s depictions of the human form. A young woman is portrayed in a state of repose, a candid expression rests on her face which suggests introspection or daydreaming. Her elbow is comfortably placed on a surface, while her hand supports her chin, adding to the relaxed demeanor. The subject is adorned with a necklace, and her attire, possibly a red shawl or wrap, drapes gracefully over her form. A cream or white undergarment peeks from beneath the shawl, adding a contrast to the rich red tones.

Renoir’s use of color is vibrant, particularly with the shawl enveloping the subject, and the brushwork imbues the scene with a lively texture. The background remains indistinct, allowing the viewer’s focus to remain on the young woman and the warm hues that define her. This piece is particularly evocative of Impressionism’s fascination with capturing fleeting moments and the essence of the contemporary life.

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